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Zero-hours workers are happier with their work-life balance

Zero-hours workers happier with their work-life balance Employees on zero-hour contracts are more likely to be happy with their work-life balance than other workers, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Its research, Zero-hour contracts: myth and reality, which surveyed more than 1,000 employees, was published in collaboration with law firm Lewis Silkin … Read more

Why is having a wellbeing strategy important to your business?

Creating a wellbeing strategy should be fundamental to any business, whether you have 3 or 3,000 employees.  Health and wellbeing initiatives are seen as affordable ways for organisations to reward staff to invest in their health and wellbeing.  Employees will then feel cared for and in turn more motivated to achieve company goals – this … Read more

Taking the stairs at work could help cut obesity

Displaying posters with information such as how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in the workplace could help cut obesity, a new Government-backed tech start-up has claimed. A new idea – StepJockey – is based on the “nudge theory” is being launched today. Participating workplaces display posters by staircases, and employees can download … Read more

Middle-aged men who run marathons are at a greater risk of heart problems

An excessive,  and unsupervised exercise routine might not be as healthy as it seems. Emerging science suggests there is a threshold of distance, intensity or duration for even the hardiest fitness fanatic, and overshooting this can have a serious impact on cardiovascular health. In a review published in the journal Heart, two leading U.S. cardiologists … Read more

'Treat Yourself Better' campaign launches asking people to self-treat for cold & flu symptoms

A new health campaign launched today urges people to self-treat minor winter ailments, as research exposes nearly half the UK adult population still think antibiotics can treat cold and flu. New research uncovers a distinct lack of awareness around the appropriate use of antibiotics for winter ailments like cold and flu, with almost half the population … Read more

Depression linked to the ageing process

Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study. Lab tests showed cells looked biologically older in people who were severely depressed or who had been in the past. These visible differences in a measure of cell ageing called telomere length couldn’t be explained by … Read more